CORONAVIRUS CASUALTIES (Jan 15):- GLOBAL:- Total Cases: 9,36,03,141; Total Deaths: 20,04,041 Recovered: 6,69,16,468 BELGIUM:- Total Cases: 6,72,886; Total Deaths: 20,294 BRAZIL:- Total Cases: 83,26,115; Total deaths: 2,07,160 CANADA:- Total Cases: 6,88,891; Total Deaths: 17,538 CHINA:- Total Cases: 87,988 ; Total Deaths: 4,635 FRANCE:- Total Cases: 28,51,670; Total Deaths: 69,313 GERMANY:- Total Cases: 20,04,011 Total Deaths: 45,492 INDIA:- Total Cases: 1,05,28,508; Total Deaths: 1,51,954 INDONESIA:- Total Cases: 8,82,418; Total Deaths: 25,484 IRAN:- Total Cases: 13,11,810; Total Deaths: 56,538 ITALY:- Total Cases: 23,36,279; Total Deaths: 80,848 JAPAN:- Total Cases: 3,02,623; Total Deaths: 4,233 MEXICO:-Total Cases: 15,88,369; Total Deaths: 1,37,916 NETHERLANDS:- Total Cases: 8,95,687; Total Deaths: 12,774 PHILIPPINES:- Total Cases: 4,96,646; Total Deaths: 9,876 RUSSIA:- Total Cases: 35,20,531; Total Deaths: 64,495 S KOREA:- Total Cases: 71,241; Total Deaths: 1,217 SPAIN:-Total Cases: 22,11,967; Total Deaths: 53,079 SWEDEN:- Total Cases: 5,18,783 Total Deaths: 10,185 SWITZERLAND:-Total Cases: 4,92,832; Total Deaths: 8,586 UAE:- Total Cases: 2,42,969; Total Deaths: 726 UK:- Total Cases: 32,60,258; Total Deaths: 86,015; US:- Total Cases: 2,38,48,410; Total Deaths: 3,97,994 - India Travel Times.Com   [Estd: 1998]       * * *    Travel, More Travel, Travel Means A Million Things     * * *    
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the covid vaccination mission through video conferencing, launching the operations in all the States and Union Territories. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has foremarned against any unwarranted panic over minor episodes of side-effects as they are very common with all inoculations. In case of any exceptional symptoms, the Centre has provided a Helpline No. for guidance: 1075. In his address to the nation, the Prime Minister has also explained the essential aspects of the vaccination:-

"We were taught to see a world beyond just ourselves. To be conscious and compassionate about the struggles of all people." - Kamala Harris, Vice-President-elect, United States of America. She is releasing a series of her reminiscences of her early period, of people and events that had deep influence on the course of her life and thoughts, in the coming days leading up to her inauguration as the Vice-President of America, the first woman ever to occupy a position that high in the greatest democracy yet.

With armed security inside and outside the Capitol building, the US House on Wednesday voted on the article of impeachment of President Trump on the charge of "incitement of insurrection" over the Capitol rampage. He is the third President to be impeached in US history, and the first ever to be impeached twice. However, there is uncertainty over his early trial in the Senate which meets only on January 19, a day before the presidental inauguration of Biden.
India has so far reported 109 cases of infection of the UK variant of covid virus. Apart from quarantine, passengers have to undergo RT-PCR test before and after their journey.
The new line has five new stations from Yelachenahalli station to Silk Institute station - Konanakunte Cross, Doddakallasandra, Vajarahalli, Thalaghattapura and Silk Institute.
The Hebei cities of Shijiazhuang, Xingtai and Langfang are under lockdown to check a second outbreak of covid that has begun. Mass testing started.
Despite Pence wrote to Pelosi he will not act on Dems' call for Trump's removal, the House went ahead as per plan and voted the resolution late in the night.
Pence told Pelosi on Tuesday before a resolution was about to be passed asking him to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump, that "I will not yield to efforts in the House." He has broken his silence.
Burns has sound experience in foreign affairs; however, he has never been part of the job of intelligence collection. He wrote 'The Back Channel.'
The four women Captains - Zoya Aggarwal, Papagari Thanmai, Akansha Sonaware and Shivani Manhas - were greeted by a huge crowd at the Kempegowda airport with loud cheers.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are among 1.5 m people in the UK to have received the first dose of the covid vaccine so far. The situation in London is out of control, Mayor Sadiq Khan said.
President Trump had incited the US Capitol storming. His removal or impeachment is being considered. He has been described as "mentally unsound." His condition is called Schizotypal Personality Disorder.
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OPINION: Byju’s to take over Aakash? If and when the deal comes through, it would be one of the biggest edtech acquisitions in the world.

These are signs of the dawn of a new era facilitated by science and technology, busting the Indian ubiquitous rackets one by one like the massive politician-British clerk-NCERT-printer-newsprint-fake author racket, which led to a mushroom growth of tuition centres like Aakash, which, of course, has done a yeaoman service to the hapless victims of our Macaulay schools.

COMMENT: There is widespread criticism that the postponed CBSE examination schedule will affect the students seeking admissions abroad and it should be preponed. Such a question could never be raised in any country, other than India! The CBSE examination, let us be clear, is not conducted for foreign admissions. Secondly, which university is going to start admissions during the current global pandemic.

The theft of Aldabra tortoise from the crocodile park at Mahabalipuram, near Chennai, is suspected to be an insider job. One tortoise is worth over Rs 10 lakh in the international market. The Aldabra has a life span of up to 150 years. The largest size seen is 1.5 metres in length and 200 kg in weight.

COMMENT: The nursing staff union at the AIIMS is on indefinite strike, not because some injustice has been done to any of them. They are dictating how the AIIMS should make appointments. Rather, they have decided that the AIIMS should not make contractual appointments. It reminds one of the union days of 1970s when, whether private or Government, an employee could not even be shifted from one section to another without triggering a strike. There used to be thousands of workers' unions on the roads in Delhi those days every day, striking work and blocking traffic. Nobody could do anything about it. All these were due to the self-seeking leaders who were building up their parties and canvassing their vote banks; and they were the real exploiters. Our type of democracy allowed it. And who were the losers in that game? The working class, getting a pension of Rs 500 per month today! They would have been, instead, flourishing today with prosperity and self-respect, without any 'ism'. In a genuine democratic set-up this type of decadent unionism will not rear its head. Because those opportunities will be absent. India does not have such a 'functional democracy,' a democracy that will work for everyone. It is not in our Constitution!
Originally Air India had belonged to the Tatas who pioneered civil aviation in India. It was nationalised by a Russia-inspired Nehru. What is surprising is why the new Government should take millennia to get rid of the blood-sucking white elephant. Kudos to Arun Shourie for the smartness in doing those little things upon becoming a Minister once upon a time, in no time!

The US Secret Service has started preparing for Trumps' life in Palm Beach after presidency. Former Presidents, former First Ladies and their immediate family members are provided life- long Federal protection. The Trumps have also started repairs of the mansion, Mar-a-Lago, a club he has owned for decades. Last year he shifted his primary residence here from New York City, and cast his vote in Palm Beach this year.

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Another Indian woman worker dies of alleged torture in Saudi
Yet another helpless Indian woman having had to go to Saudi Arabia in search of work as maid servant has reportedly died of physical and mental torture by her employer, it has been alleged. However, the Indian Foreign Ministry has said after an inquiry that she died of natural causes.
Lionsgate and Fox coming to Dubai: Go down with the Titanic in theme park!
Unlimited excitement will be on offer in Dubai as Lionsgate Entertainment and The 20th Century Fox are building theme parks to provide the audience an illusion of experiences of timeless horror of the Titanic disaster and the death and rebellion of the dystopia.
Flashfloods claim 80 lives, dozens missing in Indonesia's eastern province of Papua
Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts, spews lava: 7 killed
79 foreigners detained in anti-immigration operation in Malaysia
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